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My View: Practice Makes Perfect But You Also Need A Little Bit Of This

My View: Practice Makes Perfect But You Also Need A Little Bit Of This

As with all Stecher and Horowitz events it’s all about the music and helping gifted young pianists navigate the demanding career they have chosen. This years annual gala at the legendary architectural landmark University Club in New York City was attended by some of New York’s most respected and accomplished citizens who share the Foundation’s mission and who have a love of classical music.
Dr. James Gandre, President of Manhattan School of Music, Mark S. Rudd, and Charles v. Schaefer lll were honored last night at the Gala which benefits The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. The Foundation founded by famed concert pianists Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz is an outgrowth of the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts founded in 1960. The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation serves as an incubator of talent in the world of classical music. It acts as a conduit to discover, uncover, and present these remarkable young pianists to an audience awaiting the latest musical gems to be unearthed. This concept was inspired by the inquisitive faces passing through the door of the original Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts. Concerned about the road that lay ahead for many aspiring musicians trained, it was realized the next chapter in the foundation’s mission was the need to serve as mentors through the flagship programs. Kate Liu & Michael Brown two extraordinary pianists thrilled the audience and William S. Hearst, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation in addition to his other duties led a lively live auction. The road may be tough for classical musicians but Stretcher and Horowitz help eliminate some of the bumps and curves.

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Michael Brown, Kate Liu, Melvin Stecher

Stecher And Horowitz Foundation Gala

Dr. James Gandre, President Manhattan School of Music

Norman Horowitz

Norman Horowitz & Melvin Stecher

Joan Hearst, William S. Hearst, Chairman of Board, Eda Sorokoff


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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